HARD Summer delivers mind-bending 2018 lineup loaded with special back-to-back performances

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HARD Summer is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming edition of the festival, led by one of the event’s most memorable lineups to date. Slated for August 4 – 5, and returning to a familiar venue at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, HARD’s flagship event is sticking to their tried and true playbook of marquee dance and hip-hop match ups, laced together by the underground’s finest newcomer talents, dropping off a lineup of over 70 acts. Best of all, 2018 now is officially the year of the back-to-back.

Marshmello, Travis Scott, Louis The Child and Porter Robinson‘s Virtual Self project are all tapped for headlining duties, along with , Louis Vuitton’s newly-signed artistic director and moonlighting DJ Virgil Abloh, and Flosstradamus. In between massive headliners and top-card highlights that include Rick Ross, Slushii, Ekali, San Holo and more, the talent roster is littered with never-before-seen back-to-back performances that could honestly form their own insane lineup.

Diplo and Dillon Francis will share the stage for the first time, and Jauz will join Zeds Dead for a co-headlining slot, Snails and Kill The Noise are apparently allowed to perform together, despite how dangerous that sounds. Four Color Zack and DJ Craze are bringing their 2¢ project to HARD Summer as well as Escapade, Ardalan and Walker & Royce‘s Dirtybird mashup. Borgore and Getter are pairing for an unholy union, and Baauer and A-Trak are joining for another one of their rare tag-team bouts. And these are just the back-to-back sets.

Additional firepower from Mija, k?d, Tokimonsta, Madam X, Joyryde and many more round out one of HARD’s best bookings to date. And with the festival boasting added amenities, updated safety and comfort features, plus a hilarious trailer that pins Diplo as the “Dawson’s Creek looking motherf****r” he is, we’re looking at what could be the most over-the-top edition of HARD Summer yet.

Party Favor x Baauer – MDR

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Trap producer extraordinaires Party Favor and Baauer have teamed up to produce a bruising single, “MDR.” The track begins with eerie samples of distorted vocals and slowly builds with an uptempo progression until the main melody kicks in. With weighty undertones permeating the sound, Party Favor and Baauer have engineered a vibrant and balanced style that is bound to captivate fans across the world.

Intriguing interludes of drum and bass percussion break up the piece, as the dynamic nature of “MDR” creates a suspenseful air of mystery with each breakdown and climax. With their latest collaboration, Party Favor and Baauer’s “MDR” is bound to be a surefire hit on the dance floor.

Diplo serves up an hour of hip-hop heat in new ‘Give & Go’ mixtape

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Diplo recently added his two cents to the NBA’s All Star weekend, dropping off an hourlong basketball-themed mixtape, Give & Go. Following a recent stylistic shift with DRAM on “Look Back,” the Mad Decent head revisits his firmly planted hip-hop roots, coming through with a souped-up ode to America’s most popular genre.

The new mix rounds together a rhyming highlight reel that includes cuts from Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, Kodak Black, N.E.R.D., Rae Sremmurd, Vince Staples and more. Rifling through the rap crate in honor of the annual weekend NBA festivities, LeBlonde James aka the Moombahton Malone laces up a mix packed with the top trending selects of the moment along with a handful of crossover remixes to glue it all together.

Kendrick Lamar, Baauer, Travis Scott, and Skrillex all make appearances in the new Give & Go mixtape, and with Diplo’s hiatus from solo work nearing an end with his impending California EP, perhaps fans can expect a heavy hip-hop motif on the upcoming release. Until then, enjoy this new 30-track roundup from EDM’s Flairry Bird.

 

Oshi and Baauer drop off long awaited collaboration, ‘Frozen’

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Since Oshi‘s emergence on the scene a short time ago, the young UK talent has established himself as a forward-thinking producer who often goes against the grain — a trait that immediately caught the attention of major players like Skrillex, Baauer, and others. If you’re familiar with Baauer’s production style, you’ll recognize an obvious, complementary link to Oshi’s work; a collaboration would be necessary to seal the parallels between the two beat makers. Now, the joint effort has officially materialized on “Frozen,” marking both producers’ first outputs of 2018.

Minimal use of chopped vocal samples and completely free of head-splitting bass drops, Oshi and Baauer proctor an intensely cinematic, futuristic hip-hop/trap hybrid on “Frozen.” Pitched down vocal arrangements and low frequency filters carry the pair’s knocking drum rhythms, as Oshi and his counterpart opt for a fairly reserved progression up until the track’s final break.

 

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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I haven’t had a lot of time in my life for the new N.E.R.D. album, but I’ve got plenty for their videos and, even more, their recent TV performances. Without access to their boldfaced-name guest stars, N.E.R.D. have instead turned those performances into celebrations of dance, ceding their stages and TV slots to people who … More »

Your Guide To The 2018 Grammys: Will They Leave Kendrick Out In The Cold Again?

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The Grammys are this weekend — Sunday at 7:30PM EST on your local CBS affiliate, to be exact — and as always, we’re (almost certainly naïvely) hoping they won’t suck this time. They probably will; they always do. Yet thanks to a somewhat promising slate of nominees in the major categories, a similarly half-decent … More »

Baauer Has Announced His Return With ‘New Stuff Soon’

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Despite suing the FCC for illegally sampling “Harlem Shake,” Baauer has been relatively quiet with new music. Just four days ago, Baauer took to Instagram to say that there is “new stuff soon.” Ever since Baauer released his album ‘Aa’ two years ago, fans have been anxiously awaiting new tunes from the trap music producer.

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Baauer threatens to take action against FCC for use of ‘Harlem Shake’

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Net Neutrality laws set in place by the Obama administration in 2015 have officially been repealed by the FCC, to the outrage of millions of Americans. As if to add insult to injury however, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai iced the cake with a PSA video that essentially deems the whole of humanity undeserving of the internet anyway. The video is perhaps the most cringe-worthy display of disconnectivity Generation X has ever put forward, and it’s easy to tell because it ends with the most rinsed out display of internet use of all time: a “Harlem Shake,” a la Baauer.

The PSA reassures viewers that they’ll still be able to do things like shop for Christmas presents online, “these eclipse glasses are so cheap,” howls Pai. The next solar eclipse isn’t for eight years, scumbag. In that time, under these new regulations, internet service providers are going to be able to do things like block websites or charge consumers for higher-quality content and services. But luckily, we’ll all still be able to “gram our food.” Terrific.

The legal battle over Net Neutrality is likely just beginning and Baauer is also looking to get in on the fight. It appears the use of his “Harlem Shake” was not authorized by the FCC, go figure. 

The LuckyMe producer is threatening legal action, joining dozens of other public figures from across the spectrum who are speaking out against the FCC’s 3-2 decision. Somehow “Harlem Shake” may have another day in court, though hopefully this time around the internet uses the song’s power to take Ajit Pai down. Get ’em, Harry.

 

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Mad Decent Release Official Statement Regarding FCC’s Use Of ‘Harlem Shake’

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While yesterday’s talk on social media consisted of cryptocurrencies and the FCC’s decision to repeal the rules of Net Neutrality, the FCC has landed themselves in some troubled waters. One advert of the repeal of Net Neutrality consisted of the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai dancing to Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.” The song was sampled without Baauer’s

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Baauer Takes On FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Over Unauthorized Use Of “Harlem Shake”

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Bauuer takes a stand against FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.